Dell G15 Gaming Laptop Goes Camo, Alienware Ships AMD-Refreshed Systems – CNET

dell g15 in specter green with camo keyboard

The new Dell G15 5525 offers a camo keyboard deck for its Specter Green model.


Dell’s popular starts-under-$1,000 gaming laptop, the G15, continues its trajectory away from inconspicuous and moving toward looks-like-Alienware with its 2022 AMD Ryzen-based model. It joins AMD updates of the Alienware M series laptops and Aurora desktop PC updates announced at CES 2022 which also began shipping today.

Though the 15-inch G15 essentially retains essentially the same exterior design as last year’s model, the Specter Green model forgoes speckles in favor of a matching camo keyboard deck. And while it oddly seems to drop the “Ryzen Edition” branding, the 5525 joins the Intel 12th-gen-based 5520 with a selection of Ryzen 6000-series processors. It also loses the slight starting price differential, though, beginning at the same $900 as the Intel models. 

That entry price doesn’t buy a lot, though, with a Ryzen 5 5600H and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050, dim and small-gamut (but relatively fast 120Hz refresh rate) 1080p screen, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a nonbacklit keyboard.

Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R14 desktop towerAlienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R14 desktop tower

You can now get the Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R14 desktop tower with AMD’s fast new Ryzen 7 5800X3D CPU.


AMD just shipped its fastest gaming CPU, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, the first AMD processor to incorporate its 3D V-Cache technology and which the company says outperforms a Ryzen 9 5900X. Thus, Alienware follows with an updated model of its Aurora Ryzen Edition R14 PC incorporating the chip. Prices start at $2,949, though it might be possible to configure a model for less, depending upon what the options are when Alienware updates its configurator.

The new models of the Alienware m15 R7 and m17 R5 based on AMD’s Ryzen 6000-series CPUs were supposed to ship in March, but unsurprisingly slipped a little to April. They’re now available, for starting prices of $1,500 and $1,600, respectively. The AMD Advantage Edition of the m17, which incorporates an AMD Radeon RX 6000-series GPU and benefits from special AMD-only integration for performance and power management (as we saw in the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14), won’t be available until at least May, though.

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